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November 19, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
Dale Wageman is the kind of barfly this city's taverns are desperate to woo. He likes to settle onto a bar stool each Saturday, glue himself to college football on the tube, and polish off beers. But to win him, Vegas bartenders must contend with his drinking buddy: a pack of USA Gold cigarettes. A law voters approved a year ago has outlawed smoking in many business that sell food, including a number of bars and taverns. It drove Wageman to abandon his favorite watering hole.
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November 15, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
O.J. Simpson will stand trial on kidnapping, armed robbery and other felony charges stemming from a purported attempt to recover his sports memorabilia, a justice of the peace ruled Wednesday. The former NFL running back, who has been a tabloid mainstay since being acquitted of murder more than a decade ago, and two codefendants each face 12 charges. If convicted on all counts, they could be sentenced to life in prison.
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November 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The New Frontier casino-hotel was imploded early Tuesday in a violent end to the second property to open on the Strip and the scene of Elvis Presley's Las Vegas debut. Over 1,000 pounds of explosives felled the 16-story hotel tower as reporters and bystanders watched. An $8-billion resort bearing the Plaza brand will rise in its place and is set to open in 2011.
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November 10, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
O.J. Simpson might have been unaware that guns were used during an alleged robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers, according to testimony Friday by those who took part in the incident at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino. The former NFL star has said repeatedly that no one involved in the attempt to recover property he said was stolen from him pulled out a weapon.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2007
The days when you could spend a Saturday night easily flitting between venues on the Strip are a fading memory. Whether it's a spin through an overpriced megaclub, walking along the tiny, congested sidewalks and standing in endless lines everywhere, crowds (lovingly dubbed "meanderthals") will hinder you no matter where you go. If you weren't a misanthrope before your trip, you will be after. A few survival tips: THE MONORAIL IS YOUR FRIEND. It's a godsend -- cheap and fast.
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November 3, 2007 | Greg Krikorian and Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writers
Weeks before O.J. Simpson's highly publicized arrest on charges that he barged, armed, into a Las Vegas hotel room, the FBI was told the former football star might try to retrieve sports memorabilia he believed had been stolen from him, authorities said Friday.
TRAVEL
October 28, 2007 | Jay Jones, Special to The Times
Eric Sanders is a couch potato's dream. "Get paid to watch TV," Sanders tells visitors outside the Test America Preview Studios at the Miracle Mile Shops. "Ten dollars or free wax-museum tickets!" he continues. All Sanders and his fellow recruiters ask in return is about an hour of a visitor's time and his or her opinions.
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October 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
New charges of felony coercion were filed Wednesday against O.J. Simpson and three codefendants in the alleged armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers. The revised complaint also drops charges against Walter Alexander and Charles H. Cashmore, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to reduced charges. Alexander and Cashmore have agreed to testify at a preliminary hearing against the former football star and the other men who went to a Las Vegas casino hotel room on Sept.
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October 16, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
Two of O.J. Simpson's codefendants in an armed robbery case have agreed to testify against him, increasing pressure on the former pro football star and his legal team. Walter Alexander and Charles H. Cashmore had each faced nine felony charges -- including kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon -- in connection with the alleged theft of about $80,000 in sports memorabilia from two collectors at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino.
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October 16, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Police said late Monday that they had arrested Chester "Chet" Arthur Stiles, the man accused of videotaping himself while raping a 3-year-old girl. Stiles, 37, had been the focus of a nationwide hunt since police identified him as the man who raped and sexually assaulted a girl in a homemade video that surfaced last month in the southern Nevada town of Pahrump. Stiles was arrested during a routine traffic stop in Henderson, just outside Las Vegas, police said at a news conference.
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